(SPRINGFIELD NEWS-LEADER) Under scrutiny for praying at the Willard High School graduation, retiring superintendent Kent Medlin was told to leave a month early.

The Willard school board, in a special meeting, voted to place the longtime leader on a “paid leave of absence” through the end of his contract.

The move was largely symbolic because Medlin, hired 14 years ago, announced plans to retire months ago and was only scheduled to work until June 30. His annual salary is $200,000.

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